Lake Ft.Smith is just a hop skip an a jump from my home in Mountainburg Arkansas. It has been closed for over 4 years due to raising of the dam and combining Lake Ft.Smith and Lake Shepard Springs, Lake is full now and some run over on the spillway. There are nice blues, channels, and Flatheads in the lake plus all the other fish that anglers go after. I suspect fishing on this lake will be outstanding for a long time once it opens. I have been in contact with the folks at the lake and they tell me that it will open for fishing late Dec.07 or early Jan 08. It has a new campground, new ramp and is to have a marina with rentable boats, and slips. I personally cant wait to get back on it.